Old Growth Imperial Stout | Caldera Brewing Company

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Old Growth Imperial StoutOld Growth Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
calderabrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by freed on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
201
Reviews:
79
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
38
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of sliverX
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of YvesB
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russwbeck
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours out of the bottle very dark in color and yields a large brown head. The head hangs out for a long time, receding down to less than an inch of a cap on the beer, lacing minimally as it goes. 4

S: The aroma is roasty with some underlying chocolate. The roast is full bodied and the licorice tries to balance it out with sweetness I worry this is going to be a one-trick poney, however. 3.5

T: The taste, sadly, is the one-trick poney I feared. It's both roasty and sweet, with the sweetness well needed, but all of the flavors sort of exist together, without playing well together. I don't really get much more than a normal stout with some licorice thrown in and typically, I'm not a big licorice in beer fan. It's a good stout, just didn't stand out. 3

MF: The beer is thick and syrupy, but it's a little under carbonated for my preferences. The finish is the highlight of the beer for me, mouth-wateringly roasty. 3.5

O: This beer just didn't do anything special for me. Just an average imperial stout. 3

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Photo of zillo043068
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours opaque, black in color, with minimal head. Taste is cocoa, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Medium-heavy bodied, sweet, and roasty. Above average stout that is tasty but nothing I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of johnhenryconway
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black pour, almost 1" of tan head. Retention didn't really go as well as hoped. Aroma was roasty, but not much else.

A little bit of smoke, plenty of roast, a little bit of licorice/bitterness from the roasted malts. Its definitely not the best stout they make. This is more of a RIS version, not quite hitting the dark fruit bitter notes, this one supplants that with licorice and smoke. Lots of resiny viscosity.

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Photo of yeaprolly
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imperial stout = dark beer, no different here, its black. Foam about 3/4" deep, tan, light brown colored, hits the bricks right quick sucka.

Coffee absent in the aroma, otherwise, chocolate malt, light boozy in a good way, warming, hides abv relatively well, no coffee to it still on the mouthfeel. Sticky, bitter, low carbonation. About 1/100th of the smoke they put in rauch ur bock. Plenty chewy. Maybe some licorice.

Pretty good stuff. What a bummer mine followed a Mogli. Tough act to follow, but would not heitate to recommend this beer, just like 99% of the rest of Caldera's stuff.

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Photo of youradhere
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, with amber edges; light tan head that quickly falls to leave decent lacing. Smell is faint chocolate and stale coffee, smokiness. Taste is better, slight sweet chocolate, slight coffee, and minimal smoky oak, almost salty at times. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is medium high, overall drinkability is good for a light stout. Not something I'd seek out again, certainly wouldn't refuse it if offered.

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Photo of GeyserBev
3.64/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Briken
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Viscous fluid that is pitch black in color. An attractive 2+ fingers of mocha colored head forms and had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. This beer is a real looker.

The aroma is great too. Roasted malt with notes of chocolate, smoke, coffee, dark fruit, and some herbal qualities. Alcohol is not detected.

The flavor was a bit of a letdown compared to what I had previously expected. A little astringent and rough. There is a biting bitterness that is not very pleasant. I can still pick out some chocolate and coffee notes. Finishes a little chalky. Alcohol is well disguised with just a light warming affect.

Big bodied and nicely carbonated. Smooth, silky texture. The only fault is that is falls off the palate a little quick.

This beer was not successful where it counts the most. Otherwise an impressive RIS.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nsabo
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not a heavy or chewy imperial stout (which is what I usually look for in a RIS), but the mouthfeel still feels hearty. It’s quite roasted, not burnt, just a damn smooth, no booze heat, well done roast. Reminds me a lot of Grand Teton’s Black Cauldron (which happens to have nearly the same under 9% ABV). The nose is coffee and graham crackers. Despite the label's indication of licorice, I'm not picking up on it much at all.

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Old Growth Imperial Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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